Co-Authoring Your Story in Light of God’s Epic: Human Identity and the Divine Word


  • Timothy Matthew Slemmons


Suspending our disbelief in reading scripture puts us in touch with the Author God, who is revealed as such through diverse metaphors. This encounter often unfolds dramatically in crisis, but, just as important for character and identity formation, in daily reading. The Word of God (written, preached, paraphrased, or above all, incarnate in Jesus Christ) encounters people, reorients their lives for the good, invests them with a new identity, shapes their character and vocation, and even continues to “author” their lives afterward.


Timothy Matthew Slemmons is Professor of Homiletics and Worship and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. A Presbyterian Minister of the Word and Sacrament, he has served churches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and preached as far afield as Jamaica, Scotland, and Malawi. A past recipient of the David H. C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award (1994), and the John Knox Coit Award for Excellence in Teaching and Student Advising (2016), his writings span multiple genres, including homiletics (Groans of the Spirit: Homiletical Dialectics in an Age of Confusion; Year D: A Quadrennial Supplement to the Revised Common Lectionary), liturgics (Liturgical Elements for Reformed Worship, 4 vols.), catechesis (Our Father Knows: The Prayer that Jesus Taught), poetry (The Just, Quiet Wind), illustrated stories (A Phenomenal Llama and The Secret of Salix Babylonicus), and translations (Johannes Oecolampadius, Sermons on the First Epistle of John: A Handbook for the Christian Life). His translation of Johann Georg Hamann's Biblical Reflections of a Christian is forthcoming.